An email I sent to my brother Don before he passed...
After speaking with you today on the phone, I realize you are nearing the time to meet your Maker and going home to God. Have no fear, none of us are getting out of here alive. (A little humor.)
Due to our living miles apart and on top of that the covid virus still amongst us it is likely we won't see each other in person again. So, I just want to express my love and concern for you. I believe you are being well taken care of and the nurses will make every effort to keep the pain you have at a minimum. There is not much that can be done regarding the food you are given. I know, Mommy spoiled us all in that regard. Just relish the days when you get what you want and it tastes good.
As I look back over the years, I would have to say we spent most of our time together during our high school years. Memories of roller skating, going to church at the Cathedral in Newark and having a blast driving Joey's Buick Riviera all over town while he was in the Army with a car full of kids comes to mind. Having dinner at Mommy's house every Sunday and you having that monstrosity of an organ with the pedals...I forget the brand name. Everyone that I talk to about you loves you and has great memories of you.
I have to say how impressed I am in how you faced dealing with cancer. It certainly was inspiring how you always had, and continue to have a positive attitude. I'm still praying for a miracle and if anyone can pull it off, it is you.
It's too early to say goodbye but I wanted to express my thoughts before the time comes when you will be unable to communicate.
I continue to pray for you and love you. Talk to you soon.
P.S. I've attached one of my favorite pictures of the three of us together (Christmas 1953).
October 30, 2020: Unfortunately, Donald didn't beat cancer. May he rest in peace and have a better life in the afterlife. Amen.